Inspecting Tandem Circuit Breakers – aka Cheaters

- The photo below shows a 60 amp two-pole circuit breaker at the top, then a 15 amp tandem circuit breaker (highlighted), then a 20 amp tandem circuit breaker (highlighted), then a 20 amp single-pole circuit breaker at the bottom. ..More

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Two Ways To Correct An Improper Faucet On An Old Clawfoot Bathtub

- Note:  If you live in Minneapolis and you choose to undertake either one of these projects, you’re supposed to pull a plumbing permit. .  If you’re looking for a better handout, click here Most Common Repairs For Minneapolis.  The TISH handout from the City of Minneapolis specifically says that a faucet replacement does not require a permit, but if you talk to any of their plumbing inspectors or you call 311, they’ll tell you otherwise ..More

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Dimmer Switch On Ceiling Fan = Fire Hazard

- If the wiring for a ceiling fan is already in place in your home (ie – you have separate wires for the fan control and the light control), it should be fairly easy for a qualified person to wire up separate controls for the fan and the light, which will include the ability to dim the light. ..More

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Radon in Granite Countertops: Don’t Worry.

-  Granite contains radon. .  Therefore, granite causes lung cancer.  There was even an article published in the New York Times, where some guy was actually quoted as saying “It’s not that all granite is dangerous, but I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little. ”.  The scare went something like this: radon causes lung cancer. Back in 2008 there was a media scare related to radon in granite countertops ..More

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Poorly insulated attic access panels

-  Despite the decline of fiberglass batts in attics, I still find a small section of fiberglass batting used above the attic access panel at about 90% of the homes that I inspect, even on new construction. .  This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass ..More

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